Getting under your skin usually refers to irritating someone. Nothing is more irritating than itchy skin. Would you agree?
It can keep you awake at night, or distract you from being able to do routine tasks. It makes you want to scratch! Sometimes it can be accompanied by a rash or other visible skin irritation, but your skin can also look normal.
Also referred to as pruritus, there are many common suggestions when itch is a constant. You'll typically hear things such as stay hydrated, moisturize your skin, use mild soaps and detergents.
You have probably been told to take an oatmeal bath, or increase dietary fats.
If you have itchy skin you’ve likely tried all of these things.
If histamine or mast cells are involved, then those suggestions usually don’t work.
The next step suggested by doctors is usually a topical cortisone cream. It works brilliantly to manage itch, but at a cost. Read our previous blog on eczema if you haven’t already to find out what cortisone does to your skin.
Antihistamines can block histamine binding, which can help control itch. If your itch responds to antihistamines, then that is clear sign that histamine is involved.
We invite you to get at the root of things. Start by reducing your overall histamine load, it's an important step. Clearing histamine is important too. Watch our video on the HIHO principle to help you understand how using this principle can help you to control your itch.
Itch accompanied by eczema or hives
If your itch is accompanied by eczema or hives, then be sure to read our last two blog articles for some additional tips and insights. The tips shared there will also be of benefit when chronic itchy skin is in the picture.
In our upcoming book, Tracey shares her story of how she used tube socks to manage her itchiness, so keep your eyes open for that when the book comes out.
Don't knock it til you've tried it...
Long-term itch can also be a sign of other health conditions on the go, so always discuss your symptoms with your doctor first.
Know this: itchy skin is one of those ways your body is letting you know something is up. Get it checked out, do a bit of digging to figure out what's at the root of it all, and start putting some of these practical pieces shared here in our blog and on social media in place to help alleviate the itch.